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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Global Microbiology Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Aug 25, 2021
No remote working option

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 109680 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States


Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for a Global Microbiology Manager position based at our Piscataway, NJ location.


Our GTC Microbiologist Lead is responsible for ensuring that all new products in development meet the requirements of QS 023 – Microbiological Control and QMIC 0037 (Microbiological approval on new and modified formulas) and continuous improvement of the Global Microbiology multi-faceted technical program.

Principal Responsibilities:

Interface with Global Technology Center

  • Work with Global & Divisional Quality/Microbiology teams to provide input on programs, procedures and methods
  • Acquire approval for exemptions to the Micro Approval Process (MAP)
  • Support the implementation of global programs on a divisional basis e.g. Celsis, training programs and tools
  • Present divisional/regional challenges to Global Microbiology and other GTCs. In partnership with Global Microbiology, other GTCS and other individuals, lead efforts to find solutions to regional challenges
  • Participate in internal audits (including microbiology laboratory) and external audits (contract manufacturers & labs, suppliers, etc.) Function as part of the Divisional Quality Team

Support Global Technology Center

  • Support the product development process
  • Partner with product development groups to improve formula robustness.
  • Provide mentorship on raw material micro susceptibility and required information on methods and specifications.
  • Lead the development and continuous improvement of the MAP according to category (and any regulatory) requirements and limitations.
  • Support the technology transfer process including appropriate microbiology training
  • Review and approve protocols and test methods developed to support claims for regional products. Working with local CP regulatory, ensure that they will satisfy local regulatory requirements.
  • Review and approve protocols, SPIs (SOPs), reports, (deviations and exemption where applicable) to thoroughly document all activities.
  • Develop and implement Rapid Micro Methods Program including Celsis, Charm, etc.
  • Collaborate with Global & Divisional Quality/Microbiology teams to provide input on programs, procedures and methods


Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology or related major
  • At least 10 years of industrial experience (Personal Care, Pharmaceutical, Food, Environmental)
  • Working experience in both laboratory and plant environments with exposure to micro control programs


Preferred Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. - must include significant coursework in Microbiology (four courses)
  • Functional knowledge of standard QA testing (contamination checks, preservative efficiency, identification systems)

Key Proficiencies:

  • Engages Site, Division and Manufacturing and Technology Management as vital to provide appropriate leadership and resources to ensure full conformance to the Quality and Micro Control Standards
  • Builds and nurtures practical networks (with Supply Chain, Technology, Legal & Regulatory departments) that foster teamwork and empowerment to strategically manage micro requirements
  • Strong analytical/decision making skills. Captures information efficiently, analyses and trends data uses data to support recommendations.
  • Provides direction for improving microbiological control in the entire site facility.
  • Communicates information clearly, simply and in a timely manner. Good written & spoken English is a necessity.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply continuous improvement tools to affect positive change (MSI, CPM, etc.).
  • Understands the linkages and interdependencies between the Product Development and Supply Chain processes (Tech Transfer).
  • Champions new initiatives
  • Stays abreast of external global business development


We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Do not miss the chance to join our outstanding team!



Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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